The North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) will present its 2009 Law Firm Achievement Award to Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP at the association's annual convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, this weekend. Partner Emilie R. Ninan, founder of NASABA's Delaware chapter and a conference speaker, will accept the award on behalf of the firm.

The award recognizes Ballard Spahr for its commitment to supporting the community and improving diversity in the legal profession. NASABA chose to honor Ballard Spahr based on the firm's percentage of minority partners and associates, its innovative diversity programs, legal work completed on a global basis, and the quality of its pro bono work.

"We're honored to receive the Law Firm Achievement Award and to continue our support of the important work of minority bar associations, particularly NASABA, which does so much for members of the South Asian community at large," said Director of Diversity Virginia G. Essandoh. "Many of our lawyers see participation in such organizations as a means of further developing professionally, networking, and meeting the legal needs and interests of various communities."

Ms. Ninan is a partner in the Wilmington office and responsible for the firm's public finance practice in Delaware. She is the founder and president of the South Asian Bar Association of Delaware. Sapna K. Anderson, an associate in the firm's Philadelphia office, serves as vice president for publicity for NASABA's Philadelphia chapter.